Desi Arnaz (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor, comedian and television producer.
Desi Arnaz was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba's second largest city, to a wealthy family. His ancestors had been among the original recipients of Spanish land grants in the eighteenth century. His father served in the Cuban House of Representatives and became Santiago's youngest mayor. The 1933 revolution, led by Fulgencio Batista, overthrew the American-backed President Gerardo Machado, landed his father in jail, and stripped his family of its wealth and power. Arnaz's father was released when U.S. officials, who believed him to be neutral during the revolt, intervened on his behalf. Arnaz and his parents then fled to Miami, Florida.
Arnaz began his career as a professional musician in 1936 as an Afro-Cuban jazz musician, playing guitar and percussion for a Latin orchestra. He took a pay cut to work in New York City for...
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Track listing: The MatadorWithout You (Tres Palabras) (feat. Amanda Lane)Un Poquito de Tu AmorSimilauRumba RumberoIn Santiago, Chile ('Tain't Chilly at All)The Peanut VendorI'll Dream Some More (Palabras de Mujer) (feat. Amanda Lane)Green EyesTia JuanaEl CumbancheroAhi Viene la CongaVira y Vira (Keep on Kicking)Union Triste
Track listing: BabaluPerhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsLa CumparsitaCuban Pete (feat. Amanda Lane)Carnival in Rio (feat. Lucille Ball)Mi Vida (feat. Jane Harvey)Tico TicoGuadalajaraSiboneyI'll Never Fall in Love Again (La Borracita) (feat. Elsa Miranda)Made for Each Other (Tu Felicidad)Echa Un Pie (Step Out)But Now I Know (Pero Ahora Comprendo)Vereda Tropical
Track listing: Tico-Tico No Fuba (instrumental)Cuban PeteGuadalajaraEl CumbancheroTia Juana (instrumental)Carnival in RioMi VidaBabaluA Rainy Night in RioAquarelo do Brasil (instrumental)Peanut Vendor (instrumental)Straw Hat SongI Come From New YorkYou Can in YucatanRumba MatumbaHoliday in Havana
Track listing: La Conga en Nueva YorkAhi Viene la CongaVereda TropicalSouth American WayUnion TristeCongo Conga (Asunción)Echa un Pie (Step Out)Pero Ahora Comprendo (But Now I Know)Africa CantaVira y Vira (Keep on Kicking)
Track listing: Echa un PieAh! Viene la CongaVereda TropicalUnión TristeViara y ViaraCongo CongaAfrica CantáSouth America WayLe Conga en Nueva YorkTabúCachitaEl MarimbuleroAlegre CongaPiensa en MiUna Poquito de Tu AmorSiboneyGreen EyesBabalúPeanut VendorLa BorrachitaIn Santiago, ChileTico, TicoCarnival in Rio
Track listing: BabaluThrough a Thousand DreamsSiboneyCuban PeteMade for Each Other (Tu Felicidad)Tico TicoI'll Take the RhumbaCarnival in RioQuizás, quizás, quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)GuadalajaraIn Santiago, Chile (Tain't Chilly at All)El CumbancheroAh-Bah-Nah, Coo-BahTabuCarinosoHoliday in HavanaCuban CabbyAnother Night Like ThisStraw Hat SongGood Night
Track listing: BabaluCuban PetePeanut VendorHoliday in HavanaCarnival in RioA Rainy Night in RioGuadalajaraI Come From New YorkMi VidaTico TicoRumba MatumbaTia JuanaYou Can in YucatanStraw Hat SongBrazilEl Cumbanchero
Track listing: Babalu MusicI Love Lucy Theme (vocal)El CumbancheroCuban PeteBabaluWe're Having a Baby (My Baby and Me)There's a Brand New Baby at Our HouseWe'll Build a BungalowStraw Hat SongBy the Waters of the MinnetonkaCalifornia, Here I ComeNobody Loves the UmpJingle BellsThe Lady in RedI'm on My Way to CubaGuadalajaraDown Argentine WayIn AcapulcoGranadaI Love Lucy Theme (instrumental)
Desi Arnaz died in Del Mar, California, San Diego County
Desi Arnaz was born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba